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Highly recommend the district of Albaycin.....opposite to Alhambra. Narrow streets, old houses and you can indulge in the great tradition and pleasure of "ir de tape y tapas" and discover some flamenco shows (not the ones for tourists). To discover a city it requires a little bit more effort and curiosity to get off the beaten paths.
We really would not have missed the Alhambra for anything- but then we went off peak- I'd hate to think what itw would be like late July and August. There is a Parador (state owned hôtel) in the grounds, but it gets booked up months in advance- there is another hôtel next door, which looked very nice too.

Grenada can be a bit overwhelming is you are not street wise- groups of rough looking new age travellers with lots of lose dogs, piercings, dreads, etc- Don't bother me, but it may bother some.

The Albaycin is the area they live in- there is a hill full of underground ancient dwellings- which was always traditionally the romany gipsy area.

If you are interested in its history, and what it was like under Franco- a good book to read is Victoria Hislop's (wife of Ian of Private Eye fame) 'The return'- in which she describes how gipsies were persecuted under Franco. and how their dance, the Flamenco, was forbidden too. Really worth a read before you go.

The Alhambra, Cordoba and Seville changed the life of OH's family forever, as his grand-dad fell in love with Islamic heart, and then with Islam- becoming the first European to become an officilal Hadji in the 19C. Malaga was much much nicer than we expected it to be- a very pleasant surprise, and the Picasso Museum was great too. We flew to Madrid, used trains and buses and flew back from Malaga.
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Old 10.05.2015, 23:19
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If you are interested in its history, and what it was like under Franco- a good book to read is Victoria Hislop's (wife of Ian of Private Eye fame) 'The return'- in which she describes how gipsies were persecuted under Franco. and how their dance, the Flamenco, was forbidden too. Really worth a read before you go.
You do know that Franco actually encouraged the flamenco as being part of a Spanish national identity he was trying to create?
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Re: road trip in andalusia

In the end we decided to go by car and save a ton of money. I would like to ask some suggestions regarding the first stops, like must-see sights along the way or special foods, special beaches, etc.
First night will be without booking, most likely around perpignan, just for the evening.
Second stop is booked at calp, afternoon and evening at disposal.
Third at Nijar near the cabo de gata, lot of time in this one.
4th is at granada, we will see about the alhambra since it sounds like you have to book weeks in advance.

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Old 09.07.2015, 00:15
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Re: road trip in andalusia

If you want a day at the beach in a nice place that's out of the way, head to Calilla del Playazo. Hike up the road from the beach and around the Castillo de San Ramon. Then climb down the cliffs and you'll be at a cool spot with a cave you can swim over to. Be careful of the waves, though!

I can also highly recommend the dry riverbed between Piedra de la Hoya and Punta el Santo. It's north of Carboneras. Obviously only go when it's really dry and no chance of rain. Some spots in late afternoon remind me of the colors of the Artist's Palette in Death Valley.

No services or shops at either of the above, so bring lots of water and whatever food you want. Also limited shade so an umbrella is nice.

I'll be honest, I am not sure a group of young people will love the old town Nijar for more than a few hours. It's a tiny, rather sleepy place, and in most cases you have to park outside the city and walk everywhere. We stayed in Puerto Rey and just made one trip up to Nijar.
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Re: road trip in andalusia

yeah that was just the only cheap hotel at that time, we didn't even know nijar itself was a place to visit tbh. Calilla del playazo was what I had already "targeted", will check out the cave too thanks for the tip.

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